T-shirt: an informal shirt with short sleeves and no collar or buttons, or just a few buttons at the top

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But, what to call "a T-shirt without sleeves" like this:

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Some say "muscle Ts" or vest

[vest] 1 /vest/ ●●○ noun [countable]

1 British English a piece of underwear without sleeves that you wear on the top half of your body SYN undershirt American English

But a child can wear a vest when they go out.

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1 Answer 1


It is called a tank top (or simply tank shirt/tank). Of course, the more generic term "sleeveless shirt" is also used.

The term you mentioned, "vest", is a British English name for this type of garment. Vests in the U.S. are different (with buttons).

  • The British 'vest' was originally only worn as underwear, but in these less formal times a garment of the same shape can be worn uncovered in hot weather. Nov 27, 2019 at 8:45

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